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Solutions for Act I Scene 2 - Dog Eat Dog

The appearance of these strange phrases suggests that they are Rebus puzzles, a popular type of riddle in which physical word properties can become literal parts of an answer. Some phrases in particular might jump out at you: "THTHEBOXINK" can be read as "THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX" (that is, the word THINK placed outside the words THEBOX). "THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX" is the slogan for Apple, suggesting a possible theme for all of the Rebus answers. The top centre puzzle brings to mind the famous Transformers tagline, "MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE", and this makes sense with the puzzle: "THE EYE" is 'more' (larger) than "MEETS". A bit of thinking and some research can reveal all eleven puzzles and their brand/franchise names:

INTEL INSIDE (Intel)
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE (Transformers)
A BANK YOU CAN BANK ON (Westpac)

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX (Apple)
CLOSER TO THE ROAD (Lamborghini)
LIVE IN YOUR WORLD, PLAY IN OURS (Playstation 2)
BROADCAST YOURSELF (YouTube)

GET IN THE GAME (ATI/AMD Technologies)
THE PASSIONATE PURSUIT OF PERFECTION (Lexus)
BIG ENOUGH, SMALL ENOUGH (St. George's Bank)
IT'S HOW WE CONNECT (Telstra)

The initials of the brand names in each row spell ITW, ALPY, and ALST. Notably, these initials are in alphabetical order, suggesting that their order is either irrelevant or has been intentionally obscured. The latter is true: the words can respectively be anagrammed to give WIT, PLAY, and LAST. Interpreting these three scrambled (or 'out') words as one final Rebus puzzle gives us the slogan OUTWIT, OUTPLAY, OUTLAST, which is the tagline for the reality television show SURVIVOR.


Design Notes:
Some teams may have found their research hampered by the fact that three of these companies (Westpac, St George's Bank, Telstra) were Australian. As this is an Australian puzzle hunt, we hoped that teams would recognise this possibility and adjust their research accordingly. The puzzle title "Dog Eat Dog" refers to the oft-spoken adage about the corporate world, and the nature of reality television shows.

The answer is: survivor